Voting for the latter, manager Clint Hurdle is already anticipating the tandem's next appearances. They will come in doubly hostile territory, Rangers Ballpark against Texas in a late-season Interleague series.
"I'm looking forward to seeing them pitch again," Hurdle said. "Those guys are good pitchers, and they take us to a good place when they're on the mound. They've shown the resiliency to bounce back."
Liriano has shown a particular knack for following his worst starts with his best. The left-hander had two mishaps prior to the most recent on Wednesday in Milwaukee, and he recovered from those two -- on Aug. 9 and 24 -- with follow ups in which he totaled 17 innings and allowed six hits and one run.
"I'm not changing what I did before," Liriano said. "Time to get ready for the next start, forget what happened in the last one and move forward."
"Numbers-wise, both guys are still really solid," Hurdle said. "Does the league catch up to you? It can -- but it doesn't have to."
There is also this: Both ex-American Leaguers have good track records in the Rangers' park; Liriano is 3-1 and has given up one homer in 31 2/3 innings there, while Burnett is 2-1, with a slightly higher (4.00) ERA.
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